At illy, we have chosen to be a partner of the Venice Biennale since 2003. At each edition we offer different spaces and events to enjoy a break, sip a coffee and reflect on the visual content of the exhibition.
This is why "illymind" was created, as a recreational area, designed to be in complete harmony with the atmosphere of the Biennale.
In a series of dinners organized with the MICHELIN Guides in the setting of the Le Bombarde Arsenale restaurant during the six months of the exhibition, creative dialogues were staged between artists selected by the curator of the 2019 Biennale, Ralph Rugoff, and Michelin-starred chefs selected by Michelin.
Robert Wilson designed an installation to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the illy Art Collection at the Magazzini del Sale in Venice. The American artist created "the dish ran away with the spoon everything you can think of is true": an enchanted space in which images, lights and sound mark a path that is divided into different landscapes populated by objects and sculptures.
We chose to present Sebastião Salgado's photographic exhibition "Scent of a dream", a photographic journey through coffee-producing countries which began in 2002 and ended in 2015 in Venice.
We chose to characterize our presence at the 55th International Art Exhibition by celebrating the centrality of coffee culture. Less than two years from the start of Milan EXPO 2015, we at illy, having been chosen by the Organizing Committee as the curator of the Coffee Cluster (the thematic pavilion dedicated to coffee), created an ideal bridge between the Venetian event and the universal exhibition by making coffee the official drink.